Reel Black: The Brother from Another Planet

The Brother from Another Planet

USA | 1984 | 108 min. | John Sayles

July 21, 2024

Reel Black: SoulGenre

An extraterrestrial, mute and mysterious, lands in Harlem, embarking on a journey that intertwines humor and poignant insight, addressing race, identity, and societal disparities in this 1984 sci-fi classic.


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This cosmic odyssey follows a mute, otherworldly being who crash-lands in Harlem. Portrayed by Joe Morton, the alien navigates the complexities of Earth, revealing a keen understanding of human nature despite his inability to speak. As he explores the vibrant tapestry of urban life, the film skillfully addresses issues of race, identity, and societal disparities with humor and poignant insight. From encounters with curious locals to his unwitting entanglement in earthly struggles, the Brother's journey becomes a metaphorical exploration of the immigrant experience and the universality of human connection. Sayles' masterful storytelling, coupled with Morton's compelling performance, crafts a unique narrative that seamlessly blends social commentary with science fiction, making The Brother From Another Planet a timeless exploration of humanity through the lens of the extraterrestrial.

  • Director: John Sayles
  • Principal Cast: Joe Morton, Rosanna Carter, Ray Ramirez, Yves Rene, Peter Richardson
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 1984
  • Running Time: 108 min.
  • Producer: Peggy Rajski, Maggie Renzi
  • Screenplay: John Sayles
  • Cinematographers: Ernest R. Dickerson
  • Editors: John Sayles
  • Music: Martin Brody, Mason Daring
  • Filmography: Lianna (1983), Eight Men Out (1988), Amigo (2010), Go For Sisters (2013)
  • Language: English, Spanish, French

Reel Black: SoulGenre

Immerse yourself in a captivating journey through the rich tapestry of Black genre films with our thrilling series Reel Black: SoulGenre. 

From groundbreaking horror to electrifying sci-fi, each screening explores the cultural impact and creative brilliance of Black filmmakers in genres that have often been overlooked. Uncover the untold stories, delve into the symbolism, celebrate the diverse voices with guest speakers, and connect with local community organizations. Get ready for an extraordinary exploration of Black Excellence in genres that transcend boundaries and redefine storytelling.

Reel Black: SoulGenre is a collaboration between LANGSTON and SIFF to build community through educational cinematic experiences while uplifting local Black makers and organizations.